The Greeting

Friday, Jan. 11, 2019

Good day, Berkshire County. Right now, there's a skunky cloud forming over Great Barrington, but it's not an impending storm. It's just imaginary fumes that I've conjured from today's groundbreaking retail marijuana sales, a first for the Berkshires, taking place at Theory Wellness.

A dominant headline in the Bay State since about 2010, medical marijuana has been sold in the county for about a year, but today is the start of recreational sales. Pittsfield's Temescal Wellness opens for retail sales Tuesday. 

In other news, a pair of quarreling Monterey officials have agreed not to speak to one another outside of formal meetings and emails.

There's also something smelly at Taconic High School, where cold weather caused sewer venting to get sucked up into the school's ventilation system. Can you say,  "Pepe Le Pew"?

A former Pittsfield police officer has pleaded not guilty to charges that he improperly stored his service weapon, leading to his daughter hurting herself.

And a very lucky penny has been sold at auction for $204,000, and all of that money will go to the Pittsfield Public Library. Read here to find out why.

Please check out these other headlines, too:

BIRTHDAY WISH: A liver transplant made this woman's 68th birthday something special. 

ATM 'WITHDRAWALS' NET JAIL TIME: The theft of four ATMs and other crimes will keep a city man behind bars for up to four years.

LUST FOR LIFE: Eagle correspondent Andrew Pincus tackles the subject of male (and female) lust in the age of the #metoo movement. 

ROBIN'S EGG: Feature writer Robin Anish is right at home preparing eggs in this fabulous North African dish.

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Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor

The News

Customers swarm Theory Wellness for county's first legal marijuana sales

GREAT BARRINGTON — Braving temperatures of around 12 degrees, about 15 people were gathered outside Theory Wellness shortly before 9 a.m. Friday, waiting to become the first customers to buy … more

After much rancor, 2 Monterey officials agree not to communicate outside meetings, emails

MONTEREY — A member of the Select Board will not talk to the Town Administrative Assistant outside of board meetings and emails following a contentious meeting Thursday night called to hash out … more

With her family, a mom celebrates a birthday she never thought she'd see

DALTON — It was the birthday many thought Marilyn Walto would never see.But on Tuesday night, surrounded by family and friends gathered at Zucco's Family Restaurant, the Dalton woman celebrated … more

$204K paid for rare, auctioned penny; proceeds will go to Pittsfield library

PITTSFIELD — A rare copper penny that a late Pittsfield man found in his lunch money more than 70 years ago has been sold at an auction for more than $200,000, and all proceeds will  go to … more

Sewer gas causes stink at Taconic High School

PITTSFIELD — Sour odors coming from Taconic High School's sewage system have some in the school turning up their noses. Superintendent Jason McCandless called the issue a small "hiccup," and … more

Up to four years for Pittsfield man who stole ATMs

PITTSFIELD — A man behind a string of burglaries, including the theft of four ATMs, has been sentenced to up to four years in prison.Christopher Vandesteene, 37, admitted to drug charges and a … more

Former Pittsfield police officer pleads not guilty to improper firearm storage charge

PITTSFIELD — A former city police officer accused of failing to properly lock up his service weapon, which led to his daughter injuring herself with it, was formally arraigned Thursday.Miles … more

2 Craneville Place staff found not guilty in charges related to video mocking Alzheimer's patient

PITTSFIELD — A pair of former nursing home staff members have been cleared of charges that they video recorded themselves assaulting and mocking an Alzheimer's patient in 2013. more

The Weather


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The Business

New Marlborough broadband hearing with Charter reps Friday as town approaches decision

NEW MARLBOROUGH — With a cable company's broadband proposal in hand, town officials are on the brink of a decision about whether to seal a long-awaited deal for high-speed internet.Charter … more

The View


Our Opinion: Berkshire doors open to recreational pot

Recreational marijuana sales begin in Berkshire County today, with Theory Wellness opening its doors on Stockbridge Road in Great Barrington. Temescal Wellness on Callahan Drive in Pittsfield will … more

Andrew L. Pincus: The reality and role of lust

LENOX — Does anybody remember how, as candidate for president in 1976, Jimmy Carter scandalized people when he confessed that he had felt lust in his heart? He didn't say he had groped, raped, … more

Letter: Mountain lions won't make Northeast home

To the editor,This letter is in response to the Jan. 7 Eagle article regarding mountain lions migrating to the Northeast. Mountain lions "aren't working their way here" stated an out-of-state … more

The Landscape

The best of Berkshires theater in 2018

The year in theater, 2018, was, for the most part, artistically stimulating and provocative; rich in individual accomplishment (more on that Monday in print; Friday online) and language. The artistic … more

Robin Anish | The Table is Set: The wonderful, versatile egg ...

Eggs bring out the foodie in me.
As long as I have eggs in my refrigerator, I know I can always whip up a delicious and satisfying meal, be it breakfast, lunch or dinner. No food is more useful than eggs. They are the basis of … more

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